Completely agree with this statement and completely agree with Jimmy. I do not understand why the judges cannot just be honest like Jimmy.
In all fairness, there are occasions where the the fact that he doesn't appear to be there on Wednesday night might have an error of margin. I have read many times from people in the studio that a performance can sometimes come off far superior in person than it does on TV.
Other times, I think they're just deaf...
I also agreed with the decision of who to send home. I was worried that Elise was going (I actually like Elise a lot but she has no fan base and thus it is just a matter of time). Though I agreed with the decision, I actually thought that Holly was the one that was going to go.
I called the Bottom 3 way in advance.
Elise and Hollie both had off-weeks, and DeAndre had one of his better weeks. Add in the fact that he's a young guy, and I was VERY worried for Hollie and Elise (as were they).
Next week will most likely be uncomfortable.
DeAndre has (in my mind) his best week this week. I still didn't like one single bit of the falsetto, but the fact that over 80% of his performance was in his normal voice, it was, by default, much better.
I like his falsetto myself, but to each their own...
As Alan noted, Joshua had more restraint than Jacob in the performance this week, but based on what I saw, I see it as a dam about to burst. I'm worried that he's gonna open up and go crazy thus falling into the same boat as Jacob. If he corrects that problem, he will go a long way. But that is my view.
One I'm afraid I share...
I do think Hollie got way over-criticized, but I've heard some similar comments to what the Judges said from other people. The notable comment was "stiff." So, perhaps the operative word is that Hollie needs to learn to "perform." If she goes to that place, then the song, etc. probably won't matter as much. Until then I think everyone will continue to be hard on her.
I think this week was the first week I saw her actually look like she was having fun on stage. I really didn't hear any issues with her singing on her solo, but I don't think she was putting the same emotion in the song that Irene did... a side-effect of her age perhaps. I had a similar complaint regarding Jessica's solo performance this week. I had no such complaints during the duets for either.
All I know is that I don't know so much this year.
Don't be so hard on yourself. Sadly, I think you are probably correct regarding the winner.